The Extended Project Qualification is a unique opportunity for students to develop their skills in independent research and project management.

EPQ Coordinator: Mrs Victoria Ryan

Extended Project Qualification

The EPQ which is examined by AQA is a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop students’ skills. The qualification is awarded UCAS points worth half an A Level and is recognised by universities as a worthwhile qualification, with some top universities making alternative offers to students undertaking an EPQ.

The skills acquired not only help students to make the transition from school to university but enable them to carry out wider reading and develop a deeper interest in their subject which will support and strengthen their university applications.

Students are required to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen, and which is not covered by their other qualifications. They then use this research to produce a written report and, in some cases, produce some kind of product, artefact or performance. Students may choose a topic related to the subject they intend to study at university or take inspiration from something outside their curriculum subjects.

Full details of the curriculum are available in the Sixth Form Options publication. Further information about the course may be obtained by contacting the EPQ Coordinator, Mrs Victoria Ryan.

sixth form studying in library

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